Volunteers key to feeding the hungry
A dedicated group of volunteers worked to make a difference on Thanksgiving Monday.
Both the Dew Drop Inn and Shelter House in Thunder Bay were hosting tradional Thanksgiving meals on Monday.
Dew Drop Inn volunteer Teagan Smeltzer, 14, said “I think it is good to help your community, especially at a time like this.
“Some people can’t afford this stuff and it’s nice to see people happy getting all the food.”
Smeltzer was volunteering with her grandmother Betty-Lou Maslach, who helps at the Dew Drop Inn three times a week.
“I think we just have a need to feel for ourselves as well as helping. It’s not only about giving; I also receive lots,” said Maslach.
Long-time volunteer Reggie Shasko, who is at the Dew Drop Inn every day, said he enjoys volunteering, “making coffee, doing dishes and helping.”
Terri Faveau of the Dew Drop Inn said Monday’s menu included 12 turkeys and 175 pounds of potatoes, ready to feed 300 to 350 people.
Preparations for the afternoon dinner started Friday with teams of volunteers helping out a various times throughout the weekend, along with 30 or more who were expected to help with the serving.
The Shelter House dinner was being served in the evening, said operations supervisor Roy Aho, “so if people ate at the Dew Drop Inn, they can come here and have another turkey dinner at supper time.’’ Aho said 300 to 350 people were expected there, too.
Shelter House also had 12 turkeys prepared along with the fixings.
Shelter House resident Kyle Meekis was among the volunteers at work on Monday.
“I basically volunteer every day here, and it gives me something positive to do,” said Meekis.
The Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving dinner, featuring the support of the Thunder Bay Fire Fighters Association, was served on Sunday.